Chevron Phillips Chemical has completed its study to expand
normal alpha olefin (NAO) capacity at its Cedar Bayou plant in
Baytown, Texas, the company said on Tuesday.
As such, the company has received approval to proceed with
detailed engineering, design and procurement of long-lead
equipment. The capacity expansion is targeting a 20% minimum
increase in a phased approach. Final project approval will be sought in
the first quarter of 2014.
Construction would be targeted to
commence in the first quarter of 2014, and the project would be completed in the
second quarter of 2015.
This is a critical milestone in meeting our goals to
remain a consistent and reliable supplier to our customers and
to meet their growth strategies, said Mitch Eichelberger,
general manager of normal alpha olefins and polyalphaolefins
for Chevron Phillips Chemical.
We are well-positioned to take full advantage of the
abundant resources from shale resource development and to
support our customers as they continue to grow their
Normal alpha olefins and their derivatives are used extensively
as polyethylene co-monomers, plasticizers, synthetic motor
oils, lubricants, automotive additives, surfactants, paper
sizing, and in a wide range of specialty applications.